On Christmas Eve, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released an executive order proclaiming Santa Claus and his reindeer as “essential workers” who are “immune from COVID-19.”
The jovial order apparently meant to quell tensions among angsty families scared of the virus, proclaims that “boys and girls all across New Mexico have been very good this year, making very adult sacrifices in their day-to-day lives, like attending classes online, keeping physical distance from others, including friends, and always wearing a mask when they go out with their parents and guardians.”
The order also proclaims that “health experts have determined Santa Claus and his reindeer are immune from and cannot spread illnesses of any type as he visits homes throughout New Mexico, the United States and the world.” The Governor did not mention Christmas elves’ immunity to the virus, however.
Also included in the order is a note that, “health experts have determined the North Pole has not had any cases of COVID-19, meaning Santa Claus can travel without risk to his health or the health of anyone whose home he visits.
Lujan Grisham declared Claus as “exempt” from “the State of New Mexico’s social distancing and travel requirements.”
The move from the Governor comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health declared Santa as “good to go,” claiming he had vaccinated St. Nick.